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  • Trumbull debate team goes for national title - Connecticut Post
    For the fourth-straight year, Trumbull High School's We the People team has won gold in a statewide competition. The team is made up of Katie Boland's advanced placement government class, a group of 22 seniors who spent the fall becoming experts on constitutional issues. The contest, consisting of simulated congressional hearings, was held Monday at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. Debated were such issues as classical Republicanism vs. natural rights, the Northwest Ordinance, which was the precursor to the Bill of Rights, and the political minefield of immigration. Now in its 28th year, the competition is sponsored by the Center for Civic Education and Civics First. Frederick Tamarkin, 18, a member of the team, said We the People is more than a class or competition. "It is a passionate and personal presentation of how we believe our Constitution is living in each and every American citizen," Tamarkin said.

  • Boonsboro wins 'We the People' competition - Herald Mail Media
    Students from 6 high schools demonstrated their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution on Wednesday at Hagerstown Community College in the 6th Congressional District Level Hearings of the "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition. Judges asked students questions about the Constitution and different groups presented their interpretations of it. Leah Cadigan, 17, is a senior at Boonsboro High School, which won the competition. She said that she learned a lot about the Constitution that she didn't know before preparing for the competition. "I had always known that the Constitution was built for the people," she said. "It's a document for the average citizen, and I learned that within this document, within all these powers, the Constitution was built so that everyone could have the chance that they deserve."

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    Hats off to Malcolm Rivera, a 2013 graduate of Arvin High School and a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, which will enable him to double-major in medieval studies and political science with a minor in Latin. Malcolm was among the students who represented California at the 2013 National “We the People” competition in Washington, D.C.; he now attends UC Davis.

  • Senate president says funding for We the People will continue | The Indiana Lawyer
    Praising the We the People curriculum for instilling a sense of civic responsibility in the next generation, Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long pledged that state funding for the program would continue. The Fort Wayne Republican made the promise during his keynote address at 2014 We the People state dinner Sunday at Union Station in Indianapolis. Held in conjunction with the We the People state competition, the dinner brought together the program’s supporters, which included members of the bench and bar, teachers, and elected officials. Long is credited with being instrumental in securing state money for the program when federal support evaporated as part of the demise of earmarks. Sunday evening Long said he has instructed Senate budget leaders to put a request in the governor’s budget for a We the People appropriation that matches the current appropriation of $300,000 per year.

  • Munster High School takes second place at We The People state finals
    Students from Munster High School earned second place Monday at the We The People state finals in Indianapolis, officials said. The Munster kids were among 250 teens to testify in mock congressional hearings before panels of volunteer judges during the civics competition Sunday and Monday, according to a news release. Munster was among five high schools that received top scores Monday in a competition about the U.S. Constitution and advanced to a third round of questions. The five were narrowed from a group of 12 schools. Cathedral High School in Indianapolis took first place in the state finals and will compete from April 24 to 27 in the We The People national finals in Washington, D.C. Fishers High School in Fishers, Ind., took third place in the state finals. We The People is an education model that teachers students in fifth, eighth and 12th grades about the U.S. Constitution.

  • Students prepare for We the People competition : Schererville Community News
    Forest Ridge middle school students won first place in the District 1 We the People competition at Indiana University Northwest and moved on to state competition this week in Indianapolis. They are among 11 teams competing at the middle-school level. Three of those teams are from District 1. Wilbur Wright Middle School students in Munster won second place and Willowcreek Middle School in Portage took third and also will compete at state. Munster High School is the only local high school competing at the state level in the high school division. The We the People competition is designed to enhance understanding of American history, culture and democracy. Since its inception in 1987, more than 30 million students and 90,000 educators have participated in this innovative, rigorous course. The competition is sponsored in Indiana by the Indiana Bar Foundation.

  • Rhodes student, teacher chosen to represent RI at the nation's capital - Cranston Herald
    Recently, Rhodes Elementary School sixth-grader Nabil Chaudhry and his fifth-grade teacher, James Gemma, got the experience of a lifetime when Gemma was asked by the Center for Civic Education to represent Rhode Island in Washington, D.C., for Constitution Day, along with one student. The center is a “a non-profit, nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the U.S.,” according to their description. “Nabil is responsible, very studious, mature and respectful,” Gemma said. “That’s why I chose him as the student representative. We were the only elementary school chosen to go, and at 11 years old, Nabil was the youngest student there.” On the first day of the whirlwind 36-hour trip, the pair were part of a discussion with their senators and representatives about Project Citizen, which Gemma’s class had been part of the previous year.

  • P.S. 122 Students Shine in National Showcase | | Queens Gazette
    Fifth grade students from P.S. 122 in Astoria were awarded second place in the Project Citizen 2014 National Showcase “Exceptional” Award. Teacher Anna Marketos’ fifth grade class (now sixth graders at P.S. 122 which goes up to the eighth grade) participated in the annual Project Citizen contest, submitting a public policy geared towards decreasing school violence by installing panic buttons. We The People: Project Citizen, run by the Center for Civic Education, is a program for people of all ages, ranging from middle school to adulthood. Participants have the opportunity to work together to help solve a common goal, all the while learning about public government and policy. Participants first find a problem evident in their community and research how the problem came to be, and possible solutions. The members must then come up with their own answer to address the problem and submit their project for review. The students of P.S. 122 researched the lack of safety conditions in schools

  • Chief Justice visits with students at Challenger Middle School - KGUN9
    Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice, Scott Bales, was in Tucson today and stopped by Challenger Middle School to speak with students and answer questions. He was asked to talk with students in the We the People program which is similar to a mock trial team. "The most rewarding thing about coming down and chatting with the students was seeing how interested they are in our constitution and how perceptive their questions were," said Justice Bales. "We go on to Phoenix then to D.C. in April and we really need the Tucson community to help us out with that," said Norma Jean Higuera-Trask, a teacher and coach for Challenger Middle School's We the People program. They are hoping to send 20 students along with parent chaperons to Washington D.C. in April next year.